Saturday, November 20, 2010
Smart Grid Allows Big Brother Complete Control
The ultimate in micro-regulation is what the Smart Grid represents. Someone in a remote place will be able to decide which appliances you can run and turn off the others.
"Smart grids are a lot about empowering us to engage with energy," says Scott Lang, CEO of SilverSpring Networks, a California-based company leading the way in developing technology that allows customers to view their electricity usage at any given point, including from individual appliances.
While this enables households to cut bills by using energy-consuming devices at low-rate times of day, it also enables utility companies to cut peak-time demand and avoid costly blackouts.
The need for a better alignment between supply and demand is also being driven by renewable energies and the forecast rise in plug-in electric cars, already in evidence on the roads around Silicon Valley.
We have always had off-peak water heating but that was not compulsory and was driven by appropriate discounts to reward those who complied.
Of course these smart grid controls are really controlled blackouts which have become necessary due to reliance on the vagaries of intermittent "green"power rather than build the base load generation a modern society needs. Another nail in the coffin of free choice and individual liberty.